Fox has picked up rights to John Twelve Hawks' sci-fi book series, the Fourth Realm Trilogy, and has attached Watchmen co-writer Alex Tse to adapt.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first book, titled "The Traveler" and published in 2006, is set in a U.S. society run by a secret organization seeking to control the population via constant observation. Seeking to rebel against these constraints are an almost extinct group of people called Travelers, who can project their spirit into other dimensions, and their protectors, called Harlequins.

The inaugural tome centers on a reluctant Harlequin named Maya who must protect two naive Traveler brothers.

The books were best-sellers and critically well-received. Helping to make the books a hit was the reclusive nature of the author. Hawks, not the person's real name, lives "off the grid," according to the series' publisher Random House, and neither his editor nor agent has ever met him. Hawks, seemingly intent on imitating some of his characters' lifestyles, communicates only via a voice scrambler and untraceable satellite phone, and during the book tour he used stand-ins.

That might make paying him a little hard, ey?

No production date was announced.